As I’ve been working on this book by Tosha Silver about how to “live fully from divine abundance” I am seeing things in my life I have taken for granted — things that are very much a part of my prosperity,
I live in a home that is a craftman’s work of art and it is totally furnished with his works of are. This home is situated on 10 acres that are meticulously tended by the artist is my life and I am surrounded by other art work for which he has traded his own works of art.
And I often take this beauty for granted — this huge source of abundance in my life.
The peaking of this awareness is already a huge lesso in being aware of divine abundance in my life
………so much for which to be grateful!!!!
Can I tell you something? For many, many years I thought my biggest creative gift involved writing. But just recently, as I have traveled the path to deeper self-discovery, I have come to realize my innate ability to create liaisons across the state of Missouri for the public good is one of my big hidden creative jewels. I’ve been doing this all these years and only recently have I come to own this as part of my creative strength,
What I know for sure is I have always been committed to communicating with whoever I meet straight from my heart — which is the hallmark of authenticity. One of my mantras over the years has been “let me be perfectly honest here.” Honesty and truth are rooted in an open heart.
What I’ve realized is that many people in the business of politics, health care, — the work world in general — are afraid to come from this place of truth. It is vulnerable, and in some minds, can seem like a place of weakness. But coming from that authentic place creates a basis for trust and a foundation for working together for something bigger than we are.
I have helped forge wonderful alliances over the years by allowing my open heart to lead the way. But being this open requires trust in a power bigger than me and the people I connect with — the power being the root of all creativity — the Divine, her/himself.
Reflecting on this realization, I now know my biggest creative tool is not a brush or a pen but an open heart and my trust in the Divine helped me along the way.
Thoughts on the Lunar New Year —
February 5, 2019 – the Lunar New Year and the Chinese New Year too!!! Woohoo!!
I feel like I am ready to start afresh for this year – last month being a big ending for me since I retired from my position at the University of MO. Mu month of January was a month of shifting gears and taking a good look at what I want in my life and what I don’t in order to write my life’s next chapter.
I favor New Moon days to kick off new beginnings and this particular new moon is at the perfect one for me to do that.
For months I have been thinking about revitalizing my blog, reconnecting with old friends and new ones. My goodness, it has been two years since I’ve had the time or energy to consider writing about anything outside of my work.
Here I am – and you are probably thinking so what do you really want to say here, gwen?
I want you all to know how much I miss you and how much I miss putting thoughts on the page. I am anxious to share my new adventures – most of them, adventures of the heart.
I am committed to continuing to pry open my mind and heart to the possibilities that are offered to me each and every day – finding the sacred in the simple tasks of daily living.
There is a great deal of peace that comes with this sort of adventure and honestly, I am just learning starting to see its impact on my life.
What I most treasure about my current life is the freedom it offers to be open – not pushed by schedules, deadlines and unwanted expectations.
I do not know how this will fully change my little world, but for now I know I am content to do my daily writings and yoga – breathing deeply in a way I haven’t in many months. That feels good, really good. And I see this new lifestyle setting a strong future for the unknown future I am welcoming.
Some of you may be wondering why I am repeating my 100 days of happiness. Honestly, one day I was walking along the trail feeling so thankful for the sweet scents enveloping me, the gently breeze, the wildflowers swaying gently as I passed….. I reflected on how many of these wonderful daily blessings grace my life bringing me joy.
We all know there a lot of negative things happening in our world. I decided to remind myself about the many joys that brighten my little world every single day.
I love the practice of being more keenly aware of all the beautiful bounty of happiness I can tap into whenever and wherever I choose.
I find the more aware I become of the happiness quotient that is available to me, the less the negativity depletes me. Ahhhhhhhhh.
Plus, I can do this on Instagram now too. J
Sunday morning I was fortunate to be awake and paying attention to the play of light and shadows as the show took place on the garden room cherry cabinet doors and stairs. The breeze was coaxing the leaves overhead into a lively dance.
I watched the dancing shadows in pure amazement, awed at the intricacy of their choreography. Such a short fragment of time to catch a glimpse of this fluttery movement before full sunlight took center stage.
What a blessing for this singular audience to view a snippet of nature’s remarkable artistry.
This morning I was fortunate enough to be awake and paying attention to the play of light and shadows as the show took place on our garden room cherry cabinet doors and stairway. The breeze was coaxing the leaves overhead into a lively dance. I watched the dancing shadows in pure amazement at the intricacy of their choreography. Such a short fragment of time to get a glimpse of this fluttery movement before full sunlight took center stage. What a blessing for this singular audience to witness a snippet of nature’s intricate artistry.